The Word Among Us

July/August 2011 Issue

From Brigands to Saints

The Adventures of Gladys and Woolos

By: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

From Brigands to Saints: The Adventures of Gladys and Woolos by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

A few individual saints, like Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola, led colorful and even sinful lives before turning their hearts to God. But only one married saint couple is as well known for their violent past as for their eventual sanctity.

They are the sixth-century Welsh saints Gwladys, or Gladys, and her husband, Gwynllyw Farfog (the Bearded), occasionally known as Woolos the...

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